Archbishop of Canterbury

Born in 1956 in London, the Most Reverend Justin Welby was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history and law. For 11 years - five in Paris and six in London - he worked in the oil industry, becoming group treasurer of a large British exploration and production company. He focused mainly on West African and North Sea projects.

In 1989, after sensing a call from God, Archbishop Justin stood down from industry to train for ordination. He took a theology degree at St John’s College, Durham, in which he focused on ethics – particularly in business. For 30 years, his ministry has blended deep devotion to parish communities with Church work around the world, especially in areas of conflict. 

On 9 November 2012, Justin Welby was announced as the 105th Archbishop of the See of Canterbury and was enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013.